Biochemistry is the study of biological phenomena at the molecular level.

A relatively young discipline (first recognized at the beginning of the 20th century), biochemistry explores chemistry and physics in relation to the biology of organisms or communities of organisms. Biochemists work at the intersections of other fields such as medicine, engineering, pharmaceuticals, food science, environmental science, and law.

Life After Lawrence

Lawrentians can enjoy careers in...

Biological and chemical research, medicine, dentistry, oncology, genetics, bacteriology, medical and laboratory technicians, rehabilitation assistants, laboratory managers, business, quality control, craft brewing

Recent employers include...

Sigma-Aldrich, Promega, Cambridge Major Pharmaceuticals, Wisconsin Alzheimer’s Disease Research Center, ThedaCare, Stone Arch Brew Pub, Korle Bu Teaching Hospital (Ghana)

Lawrentians can earn advanced degrees in...

Biochemistry, cell and molecular biology, medicine, pharmacy, physical therapy, bacteriology, genetics, oncology

Recent schools include...

Boston College, Boston University, UC-Berkeley, Columbia, Harvard, Georgia, Iowa, Medical College of Wisconsin, Michigan, Northwestern, Purdue, Washington, Wisconsin, Yale

Combine rigorous study and disciplined analysis.

Building upon intensive lab experiences in biology, chemistry and physics, you’ll be able to dive deeper into sub-fields that interest you. Your experimental work will grow in sophistication and creativity as you gain insights from primary literature and cutting-edge laboratory techniques, which you’ll get to practice as an undergraduate, accelerating your trajectory.

Conduct high-level research as an undergraduate.

Your professors will strongly encourage you to deepen your experience through a Lawrence Undergraduate Research Fellowship (LU-RF) either on the Lawrence University campus, in the labs of Lawrentians teaching at major research universities around the world, or in industry. Your work in the labs will often be the foundation for your Senior Experience.

Make a name for yourself.

Students have had work published in academic journals that include: Innate Immunity, PLOS One, The Journal of Inorganic Biochemistry, Journal of Visual Experiments, Biochemical and Molecular Biology Education. They have presented their research at regional and national meetings of the American Chemical Society and the American Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology.

Enjoy a lifetime of intellectual (and career) agility

... with your ability to understand and work with complex systems in an increasingly complex and interconnected world.

Components of the Major

  • Principles of Chemistry
  • Organic Chemistry I
  • Integrative Biology: Cells to Organisms
  • Calculus I (or Applied Calculus I & II)
  • Experimental Design and Analysis OR Analytic Chemistry OR 200-level statistics
  • Principles of Classical, Relativistic and Quantum Mechanics
  • Principles of Classical Physics
  • Molecular Biology
  • Biochemistry I & II
  • Three electives in biology, chemistry, computer science, physics and/or psychology
  • Senior Experience courses in Biology or Chemistry

Course descriptions and more courses

The Chandler Senior Experience

Biochemistry majors are intentional, empowered learners who can adapt to new environments, integrate complex knowledge from different sources, and continue learning throughout life—and they prove it through their Senior Experiences with titles such as:

Recent Senior Experiences include:




Photodynamic cancer therapy: Porphyrin subphthalocyanine adduct synthesis and singlet oxygen generation

Proposed Anticonvulsant Mechanisms of the Ketogenic Diet

Immune Reponse to Human Endogenous Retrovirus (HERV) envelope proteins in HIV Patients

Behavioral Puppeteer of Muroidea via monoamine systems? An investigative analysis of the life and times of Toxoplasma gondii